Shoestring Players Hold Auditions For “Sweeney Todd”

January 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold auditions for Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd on Tuesday, February 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play and singing as both lyric and character singers are needed. Bring your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Twenty-five performers will be cast from a variety of age and type. Please dress appropriately – jeans and tennis shoes are not appropriate audition attire.

The adaptation being used for this production is written by Christopher Bond. Rehearsals begin February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

In Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a child, Johanna. Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After 15 years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy committed suicide with arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.

Performance dates of Sweeney Todd are April 14-16 at 8:00 p.m. and April 17 at 3:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Jimm Cox, director of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.